FMHS Info Swarm

2/28/20

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Message From The Principal

While it may seem like we just started the new semester, we are already turning our attention to next year.


With the IGP process coming to a close at the end of February, we begin planning next year's master schedule. Be on the lookout for Course Verification forms next month, which enable families to review and validate the requests and alternates that will be used to generate next year's schedule. We will continue to work with students and families throughout the spring to make adjustments where needed, however, it is important to note that schedule requests are effectively locked on the last day of school: Thursday, June 4th.


While we realize that students' interests shift and plans change, we hold a hard deadline for students to finalize their schedule requests for the upcoming school year by the last day of school. We don't do this to be intentionally rigid or inflexible, but rather because we use student schedule requests to make important decisions regarding the number of sections to offer, the number of students scheduled per class, and how many teachers to hire.


This year is speeding to a close and we want you to be ready. In a little over 3 months, we will be saying goodbye to the class of 2020 and hello to the Class of 2024. Time truly flies when you are having fun.



Together We Swarm!


Gales Scroggs

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Black History Month

This month, we held special celebrations each week to honor and highlight the cultural heritage and diverse contributions of African Americans. These events included a museum of inventions created by African Americans, a free food tasting of a traditional African dish, a motivational speaker, and a step show. In addition, the Diversity Council tied their actions to the national theme of "African Americans and the Vote" by sponsoring voter registration drives for students each Thursday for in the learning commons.

Senior College Visit & Job Shadow Days

Seniors will have the opportunity to schedule a college visit or job shadowing day on both Wednesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 25th. These dates coincide with SAT testing (March 4th) and Readiness 2 Work testing (March 25th) for all current Juniors. Please note that this is not the case for ACT Testing on February 25th. Seniors should secure documentation of their college visit or job shadowing day.
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FMHS Prom--***Update***

Prom tickets are set to increase from $30 to $40 on Sunday, March 1st. Students may purchase tickets any time through the GoFan app. The last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, March 31st. Outside guest forms are due Friday, March 6th.


This year's prom theme is the 90s, and it will be held at a new venue--The River Place, located in Regent Park. The change in location will also necessitate a change in the time of prom, which will now start at 6:30 pm and end at 10:30 pm. The prom is open to current juniors and seniors. Students should speak with Ms. Kinard regarding any questions.

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AP Day & Night

We believe students experience the most growth when they rise to the challenge of rigorous coursework. That is why we advise students to pursue the most challenging classes they feel capable of taking. One major opportunity to do this comes in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.


To ensure that our students are aware of the benefits of AP coursework, we hold a series of grade-level assemblies to discuss the AP offerings available to them in the following year. This past Wednesday, February 26th, we held these assemblies and an evening event for parents: AP Night.


AP Night is an opportunity for parents to learn more about AP coursework, and to meet and speak with our AP instructors. We believe that students and families benefit from the opportunity to ask questions and see examples from those who they will be working with in the future.


If you were unable to attend the event, you can find the parent presentation here.

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9th Grade Curriculum Night

The Yellow Jacket Universe is set to welcome some 585 new Freshmen next year, who will comprise the Class of 2024. Last week, rising 9th graders and their parents were invited to an information session about high school curriculum. They had an opportunity to meet the 9th-grade counselors, 9th-grade assistant principal, and hear about academic pathways in high school.


If you have a rising 9th grader and were unable to attend the event, you can find the presentation here.

Important Links



The Loudspeaker--This link will take you to the 4th edition of our school newspaper: The Loudspeaker.

Faculty & Staff Directory—This link will take you to a directory of teacher and staff email contacts.

Parent Portal – This is the window for students and families to access our online grade book system. If you need a login or assistance please contact your child’s counselor.

Athletic Information –This website has links to schedules for all our athletic teams, forms, and booster club information.

Weekly Announcements–This link will take you to a list of weekly announcements about club meetings, upcoming events, important guidance information, and other activities on campus.

FMHS Fees—This link will take you to the page where you can pay fees for the 2019-2020 school year.

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance--This link will take you to information regarding voluntary student accident insurance.

Important Dates

Below you will find a list of important dates over the next two weeks. These include school events and home athletic, arts, and extracurricular events.



February 28 Girls Lacross vs Brynes (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 2 End of the M4 Grading Period

March 2 Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs Providence Day @ 6:00 pm

March 3 Boys Tennis vs Ridge View @ 5:00 pm

March 3 Girls Soccer vs South Pointe (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 4 Boys Lacrosse vs Nation Ford (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 5 Boys Tennis vs Lancaster @ 5:00 pm

March 5 Girls JV Soccer vs Catawaba Ridge @ 5:30 pm

March 9 Softball vs York (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 9 Girls Varsity Lacross vs Charlotte Country Day @ 6:00 pm

March 10 Baseball vs Lancaster (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 7:30 pm)

March 10 Girls Soccer vs Providence Day (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 11 Report Card Distribution

March 11 Girls Lacross vs Spartanburg (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)

March 12 Boys Golf vs Northwestern @ 4:00 pm

March 13 Boys Soccer vs Blythewood (JV @ 5:30 pm & Varsity @ 7:00 pm)